So I snuck away from the Jphono1/Lakes&Woods 12"release show at the Cradle Backroom (more on that later) to finally see SOON. Being a fan of the soaring pop of the Love Language, I was always intrigued to see what a band made half from them (Stu McLamb and drummer Thomas Simpson), and half from vets of local metal bands GROHG (Mark Connor) and Bitter Resolve (Robert Walsh), sounded like. Short of some old hardcore, my tastes don't usually run metallic, or especially heavy. But within the 3 songs I managed to catch, SOON won me over.
What stood out from the first song I saw were the multiple vocals... downright operatic (or at least dramatic). A thunderous kind of melody. The penultimate cover of Pink Floyd's the Nile Song showcased the vocals even more. Their last tune (don't know the name) began as a thudding crawl, and was taking so long to build I was wondering when the pay off would come. Starting very low and slow, teasingly... almost torturously... building gradually, into a long, slow explosion. But it didn't stop there. It ramped up to a cathartic barrage of guitar, bass, drums, & voices. Sometimes ya gotta hold back before the payoff. Yeah, this one definitely paid off.
I'll have to catch a full set by these guys soon (no pun... well okay, pun intended).